In­di­ans bat­tle back to edge the Elks un­der lights at UD

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

NE­WARK, DEL. — North East en­tered the sec­ond half of its non-di­vi­sional field hockey bat­tle with Elk­ton trail­ing by one goal un­der the bright lights of the Uni­ver­sity of Delaware’s Rullo Sta­dium Mon­day night.

The In­di­ans con­trolled the tempo in the sec­ond half, cre­at­ing sev­eral scor­ing chances, and they fin­ished a pair of op­por­tu­ni­ties in a three minute stretch to rally past the Golden Elks 2-1.

“The girls just dug deep. We said, ‘We just need to pass to each other, pull and put it to­gether, and you guys can do this.’ So, they dug deep,” North East head coach Kendie Hud­son said. “They’re a sec­ond-half team.”

Elk­ton (4-4) took the lead in the game’s 13th minute with Han­nah Moore’s goal,

and main­tained that ad­van­tage well into the sec­ond half. But after half­time, the In­di­ans (4-4) be­gan to tilt the ac­tion on their of­fen­sive end.

That pres­sure even­tu­ally led to North East earn­ing four suc­ces­sive penalty cor­ners. On the fourth cor­ner, the In­di­ans found the back of the cage when Ki­ley Day scored to tie the game at 1-1 with 17:54 left.

Hud­son said North East’s abil­ity to cre­ate so many penalty cor­ners was a com­bi­na­tion of be­ing in the right spot and play­ing smart.

“We just earned quick foul after quick foul and play­ing good hockey,” she said. “We stayed in good po­si­tion, and they kept their foot were it needed to be and get a foot when you don’t have a goal.”

The In­di­ans did not let up after get­ting the equal­izer as they con­tin­ued to in­crease the pres­sure. Just three min­utes after Day’s goal, Abbey Ri­ley gave her team a 2-1 lead when her shot trick­led across the line for the goal.

“I had the men­tal­ity that we had to score, and I was re­ally hungr y for a goal,” Ri­ley said. “I knew if I had the ball down there, I had to stay low and get it in the goal no mat­ter what.”

North East con­tin­ued to con­trol pos­ses­sion over the fi­nal 15 min­utes of the game, which pre­vented the Golden Elks from cre­at­ing scor­ing chances down the stretch.

Ri­ley noted the ex­cite­ment of play­ing on the Blue Hens’ turf field.

“It’s amaz­ing. It’s one the high­lights of your high school ca­reer. It’s some­thing you’ll al­ways look back on,” Ri­ley said.

Ea­gles blanked by Titans

Play­ing in the first of three games held at Uni­ver­sity of Delaware’s Rullo Sta­dium, Bo­hemia Manor fell to Tome 4-0 in non-con­fer­ence field hockey ac­tion on Mon­day.

With the loss, the Ea­gles fall to 2-7 over­all.

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